Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Monday, August 10, 2009

DON'T SQUANDER YOUR LIFE, TAKE HEED, WAKE UP!

"We want enjoyment, we want to avoid pain and discomfort. But it is impossible that things will always work out, impossible to avoid pain and discomfort. So to be happy, with a happiness that doesn't blow away with every wind, we need to be able to make use of what happens to us — all of it — whether we find ourselves at the top of a mountain or at the bottom of the sea."

The above is part of a piece written by Norman Fischer in an op-ed for the New York Times.

Making use of all that happens to us is a difficult practice but for me it speaks to our maturity as human beings.

Would it be correct to say that we can always choose? We may experience victimization but we can still choose how to respond to the experience.

This is something I try to shine a light on for those who are grieving in unhealthy ways.

Grief is one of the greatest Dharma teachers we have.

Be Intimate with life!

Alan

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